Feb 242012
 

PHOTO | PPS President Mwai Kibaki in talks with the UK Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron during the London Conference on Somalia at Lancaster House.

By LUCAS BARASA [email protected] and KEVIN KELLY Nation Correspondent in New York
Posted Thursday, February 23 2012 at 22:30

Country’s ambassador says resolution on Somalia did not include provisions to equip four KDF navy ships
Kenya expressed its “disappointment” over a decision by donors not to fund its navy, a move that would help it patrol the Somalia coastline.

This emerged as the Kenya’s Defence Forces revealed that it might be up to six months before its soldiers are fully integrated into the African Union Forces in Somalia (Amisom) despite the United Nations endorsement on Wednesday.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) approved a plan to integrate some 4,000 Kenyan troops into Amisom. This “rehatting” initiative would save Kenya billions of shillings.

The UN appropriated $304 million to support Amisom in the fiscal year ending this June. However, under the plan endorsed on Wednesday, UN support for Amisom could increase to more than $500 million a year.

But speaking in London, Kenya’s ambassador to the UN Macharia Kamau said the resolution expanding Amisom’s strength does not provide the $10 million in funding for all the equipment Kenya had hoped to receive for four of its Navy vessels operating off the Somalia coast.

Ambassador Kamau told the Nation that Kenya is “disappointed” by that outcome.

“Quarantining the coastline of Somalia is critical to the success of the mission,” he said, adding that the UN resolution, as adopted, will not permit fully such efforts. But he said they were “satisfied” with the decision.

Ms Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, expressed “regret” that the decision did not include full support for Amisom’s maritime capabilities. But British UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters that the resolution will cover payment for the crew of the four Kenyan ships as well as the fuel for operating them.

“It is only the ancillary costs, in terms of wear and tear of the boats, that will not be included,” Ambassador Grant said.

In Kenya, Amisom and KDF however welcomed the “rehatting” but said it will take up to six months before the two forces are integrated. KDF spokesman colonel Cyrus Oguna said Kenya will draw an agreement with Amisom on how its soldiers will operate.

President Mwai Kibaki is leading the Kenyan delegation to talks on Somalia in the UK.

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  9 Responses to “Kenya ‘disappointed’ with UN”

  1. The only thing this nasty baboon can think off is begging, monkey see the Woyane ethnic regime, monkey start begging. These are the types who will keep Africa in a perpetual state of slavery.

  2. WHAT I SURPERAIZED KENYA THINK TO OCCPAY SOMALI LAND AND TO START WITH FRANCE TO EXPLOIT THE GAS IN JUBA LAND INSIDE SOMALIA . KENYA THINK THEY ARE SMART BUT IT IS THE OPPOSIT SIDE. WE CAN SEE TOGETHER ON THE COMING YEAR`S.. I HAVE EQUATION TO THE PUPPET GEVERNEMENT OF SOMALIA WHY THEY ARE NOT REACT ABOUT THIS? ARE THEY AGREE BECUSE OF CORUPPTIN OR WHAT? SOMALIA PPL MUST ASK THIS. GOD BLESS SOMALIAN PPL.

  3. Hey poor kenya . You entered somalia for war instead of feeding your poor people. Mwai kibaki how long will u beg for aid come on wake up start to work. Take good example from eritrea how to be self sufficient.

  4. look something els ,do you think killing of somalies investing or buying of stock,you idiet Kenyans,asking money ,acting concpiracy

  5. i am very surprised to see kenay deployment is for begging. come on Mr. president dont be begger sample for your people.please rethink and explore how to use the wealthy of kenya efficient.

    dont think to feed your elastic stomuch by killing inocent smali people.

    take simple example Eritrea, will be much better for you and your people to follow eritrean way!!

    shame on you!!

  6. Kenya’s banana head leader instead, of being a good example for east Africa , they chose to follow Woyane foot step of begging dependency puppet, mentality that is not going to improve any Kenyan citizen life in any way whether security or financially by invading Somalia.

  7. i see two important development beyond the Somalia issue. 1. dependency on external forces 2. neglect of own citizens. in a net shell dependency, begging and egoism are conceived at the wombs and mentality of the TPLF/Legges clique.